BBL, the premier League for mens Club basketball competition in the UK, announces the formation of a new BBL Commercial Steering Group (CSG) to drive forward the commercial and strategic opportunities for the BBL. The CSG will have external expertise to bring independent knowledge and views to the development of the BBLs sports and media rights packages, and BBLs commercial strategy.
BBL Chairman Paul Blake said, The formation of the BBL CSG is an important step for the organization. The BBL has developed and is delivering one of the largest community schools sports programmes in the UK, through our Hoops 4 Health programme, the BBLs digital interactions with fans is growing exponentially, membership of BBL Clubs are growing exceptionally, and we expect to make announcements soon about new commercial partnerships. In addition, the continued success of the GB team, the expected presence of the GB teams at the London Olympics and our own franchise discussions for London and other major UK cities, are combining to present new and exciting opportunities for BBL to grow. By involving outside expertise, through the CSG, we believe the BBL will be best able to exploit our rights and grow the sport.
The initial BBL CSG comprises Kevin Routledge, a Director of the Leicester franchise, former BBL Chairman from 1988 to 2002, former England Basketball Director, and who now works for a major UK private equity firm in London. Kevin has been involved with the Leicester Club since 1974, and was a Director of BBL at its formation in 1987.
With Kevin, is Christian Kumar who brings 20 years of experience in Banking, Structured Finance & Corporate Finance combined with expertise in business strategy, strategic selling and analysis. Christian works with a diverse client base which includes PLCs, international firms, large independents, SMEs and high net worth private individuals in a variety of sectors from property to technology, retail and motor sports. Christian has worked with a diverse range of funding partners including Merrill Lynch, Lloyds TSB Corporate and Credit Suisse and through to boutique banks. Christian is an active participant in philanthropic activity and work with a number of high profile charities, in fundraising and event management. Christian had worked with the Princes Trust for 10 years through 2009, latterly serving as the vice chair for the Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire Princes Trust. Christian also involved in the management several high profile events, such as the India V England Polo match, CK Grand Prix and the Jingle Bell Ball.
Also on the BBL CSG is Simon Vumbaca of legal firm EMW Picton Howell. Simon is a leading international lawyer specialising in the sports and media industry. He brings to the BBL his experience of boardroom negotiations and all legal aspects in sport and media rights. With over 15 years experience in the sport and media legal industry, Simon is EMW Picton Howells 'go to' for specialist sport legal advice. Simon has acted for elite athletes, regulatory bodies and sponsors in most of the popular European sports, including football, motorsport, rugby, basketball, athletics etc. Simon is a Registered Lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations (The Football Association of England). Simons main areas of legal support include: image rights, disciplinary proceedings, elite immigration, endorsements, passing-off, injunctions, doping control, sport disputes, player contracts, and sponsor negotiations.
The BBL are delighted to announce that the Bristol Flyers will be joining their ranks.
The Flyers, who will be owned by Bristol Sport Ltd, will commence participation in BBL Competition from the start of the 2014-15 season. They will remain in the EBL Division One for the forthcoming season [read more]
The BBL are delighted to announce that the Bristol Flyers will be joining their ranks.
The Flyers, who will be owned by Bristol Sport Ltd, will commence participation in BBL Competition from the start of the 2014-15 season. They will remain in the EBL Division One for the forthcoming season.
The club have established themselves as one of the most successful and well-supported community basketball clubs in the country outside of the BBL, securing promotion to National League Division 1 in 2007, becoming National Cup Champions in 2010 and being crowned as English Division 1 Champions in 2011.
Bristol Sport Chairman Martin Griffiths said 'The Flyers have already developed one of the best youth schemes and academy pathways in the country, and having performed so successfully in recent years at the top of the semi-professional leagues, it is right and proper they should be part of the UK's premier professional basketball league.
"This new Bristol Flyers BBL franchise will give the city's talented young basketball players and coaches the chance to develop and to shine at the national level. It's great news for sport in Bristol, and I am delighted that Bristol Sport has been able to make it happen."
Andy Webb, BBL Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We are delighted to welcome the Bristol Flyers to the BBL. They are a perfect fit to extend our reach within the UK and, with the support of Bristol Sport, we believe all the building blocks are in place for a hugely successful franchise."
The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown(186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena.
The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy [read more]
The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown (186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena.
The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy.
Now a British passport holder, Brown took hold of the team making the winning basket in the Lions last regular season game to qualify for the Playoffs.
Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say, Im just so excited, we have a great opportunity at the Queen Elizabeth Park and with these great challenges we need capable men, Rod was a great addition to us last season and hes just as excited as I am about the move, his veteran leadership was key and will be required this season as we try to compete at the top of the League table, we had a job on our hands to retain his services as he was in great demand hear and overseas but the potential here is the best in British basketball and I think Rod saw that.
A native of Texas, Brown graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 before coming over to the UK to play. Following spells in Greece, Spain and Italy, Brown played in Switzerland in 2011 where he won the Championship and Playoffs.
Last season Brown averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Lions, however it was the calmness under pressure that he brought to his team mates, Macaulay added, In building this years team Rod was our first name down and all at the club are delighted to have been able to bring him back but this is only the start of assembling an exciting team for London.
Player sponsorship is now available for Rod Brown on a first come first served basis.
The Lions are about to announce Season ticket offers for the Copper Box as well as a first opportunity to go to the Copper Box and pick your seats in Seat Selection Sunday, if youre interested in any of these please just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Prunty takes over Great Britain - Jun 12, 2013
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Great Britain has finally got to know the name of their new head coach. Joe Prunty will guide the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He replaces Chris Finch who stepped down after the London Olympics. Joe Prunty has lately worked as assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Previously he was assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. Previously Joe Prunty worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs [read more]
Great Britain has finally got to know the name of their new head coach. Joe Prunty will guide the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He replaces Chris Finch who stepped down after the London Olympics. Joe Prunty has lately worked as assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Previously he was assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. Previously Joe Prunty worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs. Great Britain will try to improve their two consecutive 13th-place EuroBasket campaigns in 2009 and 2011. They will play in Group A of EuroBasket. Great Britain will face France, Germany, Belgium, Israel and Ukraine. Top three teams from the group will advance into the Second Stage of the tournament.
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